Planning application at 22 Thompson Street Kensington VIC 3031
Jan. 16, 2018, 9:46 p.m.
I would be interested in the City of Melbourne conducting an analysis of all the applications which have sought to reduce car parking requirements. I believe there are more instances of exemption than compliance, which would seem to make the policy somewhat ineffective in controlling what it is intended to.
From Lisa Ingram to local councillor Rohan Leppert
Without commenting on the application for 22 Thompson St (I haven't seen the plans yet), I can generally indicate that the car parking particular provision is a state-wide provision without local variation in Kensington, and is indeed often waived given the historical lack of off-street car-parking in such an old suburb. A mandatory provision would result in massive changes to heritage streetscapes, and in many cases, needless expense that inflates the cost of building and home purchase. Car ownership is of course lower here than in the outer suburbs.
While we don't collect data on the number of times that exemption or variation of the planning scheme car parking requirements is *applied* for, and each application is assessed on the particular circumstances for each individual site as is required by the Planning Scheme (each time with input from Council's traffic engineers), we do conduct regular traffic and parking counts across different parts of the municipality and anticipate new demands on road space created by new proposals. It is important to note that many permits are not acted on, but if acted on we don't always know when construction will conclude and a new car-owning resident will move in, so we can't seek to manage road space demands through the planning system alone.
The parking overlay - which can vary the requirements of the parking particular provision - is applied in some parts of the municipality outside of Kensington, and may have utility in Kensington in future. A review of road space can potentially be picked up in the Transport Strategy refresh which has just started, and a review of the planning controls, while less likely in the near future, could be addressed in the upcoming review of the planning scheme required to be undertaken by Council early in the term. Happy to elaborate more - feel free to call! 03 9658 9051.
All the best,
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